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The Innocent by David Baldacci
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May 04, 12

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Read in May, 2012

Baldacci hits another one out of the park with THE INNOCENT. He takes his fast-paced thriller genre and applies it to this great independent book, keeping the reader interested from the get-go and not releasing them until the final page has been turned. His apparently newer major male and female characters make this book quite exciting, especially if listened to, as I did.

Baldacci applies what may seem a quasi-cookie cutter theme to this novel; pinning an independent male together with a non-suspecting (or at least less 'rough') female main character. In this case, a forty-something assassin of the US Government with a teenager on the run fro ma crummy life in foster care. What begins as a jilted friendship explodes into the discovery of an evil web of terror and deceit, implicating both of them in something horrific. Baldacci peels away the layers of the story while moving the characters ahead in such a way that you can't, as the reader, help but feel for them. Add some romance and agency jockeying, and you have the crux of the Baldacci recipe for a successful novel.

While I am always a sucker for his series, Baldacci has done an excellent job of leading the reader through the pages of this well crafted book.

Kudos, Mr. Baldacci. Keep turning out these great books!
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